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Apple Releases iOS 15.3, iPadOS 15.3, macOS Monterey 12.2, watchOS 8.4, tvOS 15.3, and HomePod Software Version 15.3

It’s time once again to fire up Software Update. Apple has released updates for all of its shipping operating systems with bug fixes and security updates but no new features, apart from Siri on the HomePod learning to recognize two new languages. Apple says that one of the security vulnerabilities addressed may have been actively exploited in the wild, so we recommend updating soon.

iOS 15.3 and iPadOS 15.3 feature frustratingly vague release notes: “bug fixes and security updates.” However, Apple does provide more details for the ten security fixes. You can install the updates in Settings > Software Update. iOS 15.3 is a 1.06 GB download for an iPhone 13 Pro, and iPadOS 15.3 weighs in at 663 MB on a 10.5-inch iPad Pro.

The release notes for macOS 12.2 Monterey are equally vague. It includes 13 security fixes. You can install the 1.94 GB update (on an M1-based MacBook Air) from System Preferences > Software Update. Alongside macOS 12.2, Apple also released Security Update 2022-001 Catalina with five security updates and macOS 11.6.3 Big Sur with seven security updates.watchOS 8.4 release notes

watchOS 8.4 has some of the more specific release notes of the lot, promising a fix for chargers not working as expected (this seems to be a recurring theme, see “watchOS 8.1.1 Fixes Apple Watch Series 7 Charging Issues,” 18 November 2021). watchOS 8.4 also includes eight security fixes. You can install the 184 MB update in the Watch app in Settings > General > Software Update. The Apple Watch must be on a charger and have at least a 50% charge to install the update; it took less than 10 minutes to install on an Apple Watch Series 5.

Unsurprisingly, Apple didn’t include any release notes for tvOS 15.3 but does describe nine security fixes.

Finally, Apple has released HomePod Software Version 15.3, adding Siri voice recognition for up to six users in Indian English and Italian. The update should install on its own soon enough, but you can force it to install right away by opening the Home app, tapping the Update Available button at the top of the screen, and then tapping Update.

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Comments About Apple Releases iOS 15.3, iPadOS 15.3, macOS Monterey 12.2, watchOS 8.4, tvOS 15.3, and HomePod Software Version 15.3

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  1. It continues to be frustrating that Apple will not document what’s been fixed in any of the releases (other than security fixes, which they could do a better job with as well).
    They don’t have to include it for the “average Joe” user, but for those of us a little more technically inclined, it might be nice to be able to find that information somewhere…

  2. I look forward to finally trying cmd-L with this updater.

  3. This update has still not fixes the messages app not sending sound or banner notifications. Many people have complained to apple about this but the problem has not been addressed. You never know you have a new message unless you check for yourself!

  4. I continue to have charging issues for my Watch 6 since updating to WatchOS 8 and, once again, v8.4 has failed to charge post update…

  5. Something else is fixed! My Carplay after 15.2 updates, would not longer default to current song or last song I was listening to prior to removing phone/leaving car. It would default to Library instead, leaving me select back two clicks on my car’s selector (control knob on Mazda).
    Well, seems 15.3 fixed it (put the “feature” back, instead of breaking it) and now the song I was playing, or stopped at when leaving the carplay, works properly.

  6. I had a very irritating error message when trying to update stereo Homepods from the Home app on my iPad. It kept saying my icloud password was incorrect. This bug has been mentioned in Apple Discussions but is the first time that I have encountered it.
    Eventually I tried changing the default audio output of my ATV 4K from the Homepods to the TV and was then able to update the Homepods. After that I made them the default output again.
    Apparently 15.3 fixes this bug but, catch 22, you cannot update to it under some circumstances!
    I experienced a minor bug with tvOS 15.3. After the update the mute button on the Remote would not restore the sound. Fortunately restarting the ATV fixed the issue.

  7. I was pleasantly surprised last night when I received a notification that the first Time Machine backup had successfully completed. Time Machine never worked on my M1 MBP until now. It looks like Apple fixed the bug in 12.2.

  8. I saw the incantation as both cmd-L and ctrl-L. But alas, neither did anything for me. Just updated from 12.1 → 12.2. Invoked both at several points along the way. Neither was acknowledged at all until I got to the stage where the time remaining was shown. After that, both simply got the System Beep tone (I’m sure it’s not called that anymore).

  9. Maybe off-topic because my comments are in the context of Big Sur.

    It might not have been just an earlier version of Monterey. I had problems with Time Machine not completing backups after an update in Big Sur until it just started working. Maybe it was related; maybe not. Anyway, I’m glad the backups started completing, for both you and me.

    Same here when I upgraded from 11.6.2 to 11.6.3.

  10. This probably is a rather useless reply about installing Monterey since it’s so late in the game. But since I’m not the only cautious person out there, I’ll write it up briefly.

    I installed Monterey 12.2 on my late 2015 iMac the other day, largely because I discovered I had somehow downloaded the 12gb file without really realizing it. And I’m nervous about installations, always worrying something is going wrong when everything takes longer than you’d like. But no, it all worked perfectly. No problems at all. And everything seems to be performing just fine. What more can I say except that I’m relieved and happy.

  11. Do you have an SSD or mechanical hard disk? My fusion drive is what keeps me on High Sierra.

  12. I have a 1tb fusion drive on my late 2015 iMac. About 760GB is free.

  13. Just to close the loop on the Control-L or Command-L trick for seeing the log during install… I found more details about this at Scripting OS X, but as comments on that article suggest, Apple removed the feature. I tried every associated keyboard combination I could think of during the last Monterey update, and it didn’t respond to anything.

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